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Early Childhood Initiatives

CCSSO's Early Childhood Initiatives program works with chief state school officers, state education agencies and other partners to foster the healthy development, learning progress and school success of young children, birth to age 5, with a special focus on eliminating disparities in learning opportunities and outcomes for young at-risk children. It supports states in integrating early childhood, elementary, second and postsecondary education standards, assessment, data, and professional development efforts to form a more cohesive and powerful 21st century education system.

With support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Boeing Company, the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, the U.S. Department of Education, and CCSSO members, we assist states in the following areas:

  • Developing enhanced early childhood standards, child assessments, monitoring of program quality and professional development efforts.
  • Building systems to collect, manage, report, and use data to improve the quality and effectiveness of early childhood programs, and linking early childhood data with longitudinal education data systems.
  • Optimizing the use of federal and state funding for child care, Head Start, pre-kindergarten, early childhood special education and home visitation programs to create a coherent state system of early education services for infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children and kindergarten-third grade education.

Contact:Thomas Schultzthomas.schultz@ccsso.org202-312-6432